Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

The average Entry-Level Dental Hygienist earns approximately $30.24 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can bottom out near $40K or peak near $82K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. In this profession, close to two-fifths enjoy medical and dental coverage, and roughly one in six have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Dental Hygienists. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,641 - $69,871
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$30K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,220
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$21.40 - $39.85
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$30
$40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,641 - $69,871  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,039  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,624  
Commission
$788 - $4,800  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,860 - $81,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 604
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$21.40 - $39.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,039  
   
Commission
$788 - $4,800  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,624  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,860 - $81,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,237
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Hygienist


Aspen Dental offers the least pay with a median salary of $55K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, 42 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+21 percent), Portland (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Pittsburgh and 11 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries

Anesthesia
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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 43%
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